CHILDREN OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION by Russell Freedman
Kirkus Star

CHILDREN OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

Age Range: 9 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this magnificent volume, superb photographs by Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Russell Lee, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn and others help to tell the story of the Great Depression. Every spread includes either a full-page photograph or several smaller shots. Great use is made of letters, diaries and memoirs to tell the story so beautifully complemented by the photographs. Freedman is a master of the photo-essay, and this is one of his best. More wide-ranging than most histories of the era, this tells, in clear and simple prose, the story of dust storms, soup kitchens, Hoovervilles, kids at work, kids on trains, popular culture and the beginning of WWII. Chapter notes are thorough, and the selected bibliography includes some of the best resources for young readers. An excellent companion to other fine photo-essays on the period, such as Elizabeth Partridge’s Restless Spirit (1998) and This Land Was Made for You and Me (2002). (Nonfiction. 9+)

Pub Date: Dec. 26th, 2005
ISBN: 0-618-44630-3
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2005




MORE BY RUSSELL FREEDMAN

ChildrenANGEL ISLAND by Russell Freedman
by Russell Freedman
ChildrenBECOMING BEN FRANKLIN by Russell Freedman
by Russell Freedman
ChildrenTHE BOSTON TEA PARTY by Russell Freedman
by Russell Freedman

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE MIGHTY MISS MALONE by Christopher Paul Curtis
by Christopher Paul Curtis
IndieGIRL UNDER CONSTRUCTION by Joyce Ward
by Joyce Ward
ChildrenSEVEN STORIES UP by Laurel Snyder
by Laurel Snyder